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CRITICAL VIEWING QUESTIONS, Worksheet 1 (WS1):
1.1. What kind of training did Easy Company experience under Lt. Sobel? What were the pros
and cons of his strict, unrelenting command? Do you get the sense that it prepared them well
for battle? Why or why not? What Learner Profile (LP) should he develop more fully to be an effective leader?
1.2. How would you characterize the backgrounds the men of Easy Company? Was it a
homogenous group or a diverse one? What did the men have in common? What incidents
revealed divisions or differences among the men? What evidence is there of class differences
among the men?
1.3. One soldier calls Lt. Sobel a “genius,” while others clearly dislike him and come to distrust
him. What options were open to the Easy Company soldiers for dealing with this?
1.4. Why do you think Sobel tried to censure Winters? Why did Winters insist on a court martial?
What did this incident reveal about Winters’s standing among the men of the company?
1.5. The title of this episode is “Currahee,” a Cherokee word meaning “stands alone” and a word
that became the cry of the 506th Paratroopers Regiment (which included Easy Company).
One reason this became a rallying cry for the paratroopers was that they trained at Currahee
Mountain when they were at Camp Toccoa. Beyond that, why might they have chosen a
motto of “We stand alone, together.” What do you think this meant to the men? Compare and contrast Currahee and “Be all you can be” and “Army Strong.” Use a minimum of three LP’s to make your point.
ADVANCED VIEWING (AV) QUESTIONS:
AV.1. Look at the ERA and W. Edwards Deming’s 14 Points (not the same points in Part 10). Why don’t we see more about these subjects in history books? What was their affect on the global markets? What effect does it have on your parent’s retirements? What is happening in today’s market? What major manufacturing country is the impetus of today’s current market condition?
AV.2. Band of Brothers adapts a book by the historian Stephen Ambrose, based on interviews and
scholarly research. How does it affect our understanding of the past to experience it through a
dramatic reenactment? Does it matter that the words spoken by the actors were written as
dramatic dialogue and do not come from the historical record? What’s the difference between
something that is historical and a work of history?
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CRITICAL VIEWING QUESTIONS, Worksheet 10 (WS10):
10.1. What was the meaning of the title of this final episode, Points (keep in mind, not Deming’s 14 Points)?
10.2. In the scene where the SS officer surrenders to Maj. Winters, he says, “I wonder what will
happen to men like you and me when there are no more wars.” What do you think he is
imagining? What 3 LP’s are the best descriptors of his behavior, and why?
10.3. Why does Maj. Winters allow the German colonel to keep his weapon? What LP is he most likely exhibiting and why?
10.4. When Darrell “Shifty” Powers goes to say goodbye to Maj. Winters, he says, “Back home in
Virginia, I don’t rightly know how I’m going to explain all this.” What is he referring to?
Why is it a problem for him? What do you think is meant by the adage, “Old Soldiers never die, they just fade away.”?
10.5. The pent-up frustration of the war leads the soldiers into some reckless and, in some cases,
extralegal behavior. Which of the men appear to deal well with the situation and which
appear not to? Why is their situation so difficult at that point, especially given vastly
improved conditions they are in? What LP comes to mind? As a leader, how would you mitigate the dominance of this LP?
10.6. What is the significance of the formal speech that the German officer makes to his soldiers?
How is meant to reflect on the war as a whole?
10.7. Why does Maj. Winters request an immediate transfer to the Pacific? Why is his request
denied? What LP is the American General most likely exhibiting during the interview? Explain your choice.
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SUPPLEMENTAL QUESTIONS (SQ) AND ISSUES TO REVIEW FOR TEST
WS1 (Part 1)
WS2 (Part 10)
SQ.1. Who was Hermann Goering? His house and wine cellar was raided in Part 10.
SQ.2. What is the German name for the Eagle’s Nest? What is the significance of the Eagle’s Nest?
SQ.3. What does V-E Day stand for?
SQ.4. What is the mountain range separating Berchtesgaden, Germany and Zell am See, Austria?
SQ.5. What does the acronym PIR stand for?
SQ.6. In what country did Major Winters fire his last shot? Although mentioned in Part 10, his last shot fired is reenacted in Part 3 and is a significant emotional event for Major Winters (stay alert during the discussion with the American General about Major Winter’s transfer to the Pacific)
SQ.7. There are almost no women in Band of Brothers. Women, however, were affected by
World War Two as much as men were. American women worked in the war industries in
the United States and hundreds of thousands served in the women’s divisions of the U.S.
armed forces. What is the effect of focusing on the war as essentially a contest fought by
male military combatants? What aspects of the war does this leave out?
SQ.8. Why do World War Two stories enjoy such widespread popularity—in books, movies,
public commemorations? What does this tell us about the war, and what does it tell us
about our own times?
SQ.9. What military school is headquartered in Saalfelden, Austrian due north of the 506 PIR’s former Headquarters at the Grand Hotel in Zell am See? What major event is happening the weekend of 28-30 August 2015 in Saalfelden, the same weekend as the IRONMAN World Championships?